Dimitar Berbatov thinks the signing of Odion Ighalo is a positive move for Manchester United.
United’s deadline day signing has split the fanbase, with some believing he is a necessary stop-gap option, and others believing it is a symbol of just how far the club has fallen since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
In reality, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s search for a striker last month reached desperation and Ighalo was one of the only options remaining that were available.
The 30-year-old has proven he can score goals in the Premier League at Watford, albeit three years ago before his move to Shanghai Shenhua.
But in just a five-month loan deal, Ighalo is a relatively low risk option to offset the injury to star man Marcus Rashford and provide a much needed boost to a squad bereft of attacking options.
Former United striker Berbatov is interested to see how the Nigerian fits into Solskjaer’s setup, and has been impressed with his demeanour upon his arrival to Manchester.
“I think it’s a good move for United because Ighalo has played in the Premier League, and did well with Watford, so he will know what to expect,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“He’s scored plenty of goals in China and his record for Nigeria is impressive too.
“I want to see him play as soon as possible because I’m curious to see how he will fit in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
“Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both like to cut in from the left so United have arguably lacked a natural number nine this season.
“That’s what Ighalo should give them and I will be interested to see how they play with him in the side.
“I liked Ighalo’s interview in which he said how happy he was to move to Old Trafford.
“He was so keen that he told his agent he would accept a pay cut. It’s great to see United sign a player who is passionate about the club. They need players like that.”
Ighalo could make his United debut as early as next Sunday against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but we don’t expect Solskjaer to thrust him straight into the first-team and he will provide useful back-up to Martial and Mason Greenwood.